NARS’ Tropic Collection for Summer 2009 may not have been my favorite I’ve been able to sneak a peek at this summer, but Belize lip gloss was prettier than I anticipated. I couldn’t tell you that I’d really recommend it, given it’s $24, but it’s worth considering if you like milky glosses.
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Rose Quartz, Amber
Prescriptives’ Mineral Color Collection features sets for the face (cool/warm) and eyes (cool/warm), a Mineral Bronzer, and four limited edition mineral color lip glosses. I really liked the Mineral Color Lip Glosses ($17.50 each), because they reminded me a lot of MAC’s Dazzleglasses with a few noteworthy differences. Prescriptives’ Mineral Color Lip Glosses are not sticky at all, which for some of you, might be a deciding factor of why you can’t seem to get on the Dazzleglass train. Secondly, Prescriptives’ version is thinner, and I would say perhaps more pigmented, too.
The two I tried were Amber and Rose Quartz. Amber is a rich, coppery sparkle shimmer gloss. I know in the still photo it looks a little off, because it seems flat and just like copper glitter. I will say, like dazzleglasses, you have to see it in real life to appreciate the glittering effects. It just doesn’t capture quite right in still photography!
Rose Quartz is a sheer, milky pastel pink with lots of glitter and sparkle. It reminded me a bit of Baby Sparks from MAC, though perhaps not quite as milky. I’m eager to check out the other two, Amethyst and Sunstone, to see how those compare–both look like they’ll be more along the lines of Amber (aka pigmented), so I can’t wait to swatch!
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I know everyone was really excited over Tropic eyeshadow ($22.00), including me, but it disappointed me in the end. In the promotional image, it looked like a gorgeous shimmering blue–like glittering water on a hot summer’s day, you know? In real life, it’s extremely different. It has chunky, silvery bits and pieces that lay on top on a matte, dark bluish-teal. When swatched, it really ends up being a mostly matte color, because the silver glitter is really too large to stay on easily. It’s pigmented, though it is more powdery in its finish, so if you have trouble working with mattes, this one might give you a tough time, too.
Scorching Sun duo eyeshadow ($32.00) was another product that caught my eye from the get-go, because it looked like it would have a really sunny orange in it. It’s more of an orange with a little bit of yellow in it paired with a medium orange. The lighter orange doesn’t have much shimmer (if any), while the medium shade of orange has a little bit–enough of it to give it a soft sheen. The duo is pretty, and the texture and pigmentation are right on par of what I’d expect in a NARS eyeshadow. A part of me just wishes it was yellower!
Outsider lipstick ($24.00) is a sheer peachy-pink shade with a fairly frosty finish. I think Falbala lipstick would probably be more pigmented, but I’ll have to check it out in stores to confirm. Belize lipgloss ($24.00) is a lovely shade of subdued fleshy pink with gold shimmer.
Overall, I’d pass on the lipstick and Tropic eyeshadow, but I’d suggest checking out the eyeshadow duo for sure. If you’re a gloss kind of gal, Belize might be up your alley, too. For $24, I’d rather blow it on one of NARS’ permanent eyeshadows than the gloss, though, so perhaps test out some of their other eyeshadows!
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Ischia, Lipari, Monte Carlo, Panarea, Porto Rotondo, Salina
Last week, I shared lip swatches from Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Collection designed for the summer season. Here are photos and skin swatches of the new lipsticks and glosses featured in this launch. Continue reading →
Candy Glow Aqualumiere Gloss
Swatches from Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Collection for Summer! These are just lip swatches of the glosses and lipsticks that came out with the launch. You can see swatches of the summer quad here.
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Chanel’s Cote d’Azur Summer Collection definitely stirred up some beauty temptations when we first learned about it. I ended up with most of the collection, and you’ll definitely get a full review soon I thought I’d break it up a bit, so you can at least get a sneak peek for now! My Nordstrom did have the summer collection on counter already, so I bet yours does, too — if you and Chanel are likethis, get your bum over to your local beauty counter!
Pictured above is the Iridescent Effects Eyes in Plein Soleil ($56.00), and it is an eyeshadow quad. It features four bronzy colors, ranging from coppery bronze to peach-bronze to medium bronze to deep, dark bronze. In-store, it swatched a little sketchy, but I was thinking that it might have just been because of the oil and gunk build-up from other customers swatching. However, the swatches included in this post are from the one I purchased, so it’s fresh and clean, and yet the colors didn’t quite swatch as smoothly as I would expect of Chanel. I’m definitely going to have to do a look or two with the quad to determine whether it will earn a spot in my beauty stash for keeps!
The next item I’d like to let you in on is Aqualumiere Gloss in Candy Glow ($27.00), which is part of Chanel’s normal Aqualumiere Gloss line-up, but it is repromoted with this launch. I’m not a huge glossimer fan (though I’m slowly warming up to them), but I adore the Aqualumiere Gloss formula. Talk about thick, non-sticky, pigmented goodness. Candy Glow is a pinky-coral with gold shimmer gloss that is so up my alley! I have the other three that came out with the launch, and they are equally as lovely, but I will tell you more next time
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